If you or a loved one has an alcohol or substance abuse problem, it is advisable to attend a drug and alcohol rehab program. Going through rehabilitation is an important step. Perhaps that is why a relapse often discourages many addicts who have undergone treatment.
However a relapse, even after going through a rehabilitation program, is not a sign of failure. Many centers have programs designed to treat addiction, but they also acknowledge that a relapse is very likely. That is why these facilities have an aftercare program that helps addicts continue through their path to sobriety. Here are a few tips on how you can avoid a relapse after going through rehabilitation.
Change Environment and Situations
If you’ve gone through an inpatient treatment program, you were probably cut off completely from any access to drugs and alcohol. This is one advantage an inpatient program has over an outpatient program.
Drug and alcohol rehab programs have in place mechanisms to try and reduce the addict’s access to the substances that led to his addiction. However, the problem with aftercare is that the addict goes back to his normal environment.
To avoid a relapse keep away from situations that triggered alcoholism and substance abuse. These triggers may be in the form of friends, family members, or places you used to frequent. You may want to tell friends and family members that you are now recovering from addiction so that they don’t offer to you drinks or the substances you were taking before.
Have a Schedule
It is said that an idle mind is the devil’s workshop. Procrastination rather than the lack of things to do is what leads to idleness. It is often a result of lack of motivation or sense of creativity. One may turn to drugs and alcohol to kill boredom. Lack of time management after recovery may, therefore, lead to a relapse.
Having a schedule is a great way to keep from drugs and alcohol. Allocate time for your day-to-day activities. Have time for work, family, and friends. You also need to remember to set aside time for after care treatment.
During drug and alcohol rehab, addicts sometimes attend group sessions. In these sessions, people share their experiences and information related to recovery as well as vocation training and opportunities. Addicts often feel isolated and they need group support of people going through the same experiences to get the strength to overcome their addiction.
After recovery, addicts are encouraged to attend group sessions more frequently within the first three months. Loneliness can lead one to seek the comfort of drugs and alcohol. During these sessions, you can make new friends with people who share the same experiences and who like you are looking to change for the better.
After treatment, you can go back to attending to your day-to-day activities. However, you need to stay focused even after a successful recovery. One of the biggest factors that lead to failure is, being complacent with the aftercare you receive as well as the care you need to take to avoid sliding back into the drug and alcohol problem you had.
Your attitude is going to play a big role, during and after recovery. You need to stay positive and avoid stressful situations that may have led to your addiction. It is also important to understand that a relapse is not a sign of failure. It can, in fact, help to identify triggers that had not been pointed out when you were going through rehabilitation. For as long as you seek help, a relapse can facilitate your progress as you work towards sobriety.